Why this weekend's events in the world of football may not be to Jose Mourinho's liking

Mourinho Dugout

Two managerial departures and the champions' troubles continuing. It's not exactly great for Jose Mourinho.

Another home defeat for the Champions of England, Dick Advocaat leaves his post as Sunderland boss and Brendan Rodgers is sacked at Liverpool where his name became oh so close to becoming immortal. A quiet weekend in football.

It almost makes the interview given by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, after the first of the three, forgotten in what was an extraordinary seven minute reply to a question in an attempt to divert attention from charges who remain in 16th place in the Premier League

In his interview with Sky Sports after the game, part of what he said was as follows: "When we are at the top I understand that there is quite a big pleasure in putting us down but when you are down I think you need to be a bit honest and to make clear that the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. The result [was] 1-1, there is a huge penalty and, once more, we don't get. A penalty is a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1."

Already a diversion that he would hope would dominate the agenda and probably take pressure off his players, after his side was denied a penalty when Radamel Falcao was judged to have dived when challenged by Martin Stekelenburg in the Southampton goal.

He has since been quoted by TalkSPORT saying that he will only resign if the players at the club don't want him, and it seems to have an eerily similar feeling to when he first left the post at Stamford Bridge back in 2007. 

The focus is off him a little going into this international break, there is no great scrutiny of his comments even if they are acting as background noise. The story is about Liverpool finally sacking their manager and Sunderland facing the prospect of yet another man to try and save them from the drop. 

With the futures of Brendan Rodgers and Dick Advocaat now resolved someone else will come into the spotlight, and despite delivering title success only five months ago the spotlight is inevitably going to fall on Mourinho. His side are now the ones who are really out of position in the division right now. He was probably hoping the focus would be on refereeing decisions involving his team, instead the sack race is in the headlines. 

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